Lincoln fire and rescue receive $650,000

Lincoln fire and rescue receive $650,000

Sen. Jack Reed, holding check on left, stands with Lincoln public safety officials, who were collectively awarded nearly $650,000 in federal funding to assist the town’s fire districts and rescue service. From left are Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. David Cicilline, Town Administrator Joseph Almond, Albion Fire Chief Richard Andrews, Lime Rock Chief Timothy Walsh, Saylesville Chief Robert Fisher, and Lincoln Rescue Chief Sean Thompson at Lime Rock Fire station.

LINCOLN – Sen. Jack Reed, who delivered almost $650,000 in federal funding to assist the town’s fire districts and the Lincoln Rescue Department, recently toured the Lime Rock Fire station with firefighters and public officials to get a firsthand look at the equipment purchased.

The fire districts and Rescue Department collectively received funding for new communications equipment, providing 70 new portable radios, 26 mobile radios and nine mobile repeater units to improve communication between the districts.

The Lime Rock Fire Department also received $38,667 for thermal imaging cameras to replace the station’s 15-year-old devices, according to a press release.

“The Fire Grant program is an essential tool for helping our firefighters get the equipment they need to serve our communities and save lives,” said Reed, who serves as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which helped secure $345 million available for the fire grants and hosts a yearly workshop for departments applying for grants.

According to a release, Reed sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the application.